The Square Circuit

Academia, parenthood, living in a bankrupt city, and what I read in the process.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

reading someone's dissertation

I don't usually do it (unless I'm on the committee), but I read this weekend an entry in Routledge's "Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory: Outstanding Dissertations" series. Adam McKible wrote THE SPACE AND PLACE OF MODERNISM: THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, LITTLE MAGAZINES, AND NEW YORK as his dissertation at North Carolina, and it's a solid piece of work, although certainly not one that'll hold much interest to a general audience. It combines literary close reading and social history, looking at how four important New York little magazines wrote about the Russian Revolution. It's solid, although I find myself less and less interested in close reading and wishing that McKible had done a little more reception study. That is, if he's going to make an argument about how these little magazines put across an argument about what 1917 meant to their little audiences, I'm only partially interested in what those magazines said. I'm also interested in what the audiences GOT from their magazines. Who read these magazines? THE MESSENGER certainly had a smaller circulation than THE DIAL; how much smaller? Did their audiences overlap? How did the audiences talk back, in letters to the editor? It's one thing to close-read a text, and McKible does this admirably and with a great degree of insight and sophistication. But what effect did that text have on its audience? I'd like to see more discussion of this (although it is, admittedly, very difficult: how can one quantify that?).


  • At 2:23 PM, Blogger zp said…

    oooooh, neat. like the topic, like your thoughts.

  • At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have gotten calls from the 480 number. It is so tricky, because I think it must be someone I know.

  • At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have been getting calls from this number:

    it comes up as "H.E.R.O." on my caller id...? very annoying! :(

  • At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    800-616-8075 has called me 10 times in the last three days...I just filed a complaint with

  • At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i have also gotten calls from 616-8075 and there is no one on the line. i called back and the number didn't work.

  • At 8:37 PM, Blogger anna said…

    I feel like I should get them, as I worked in a t-marketing dept. once (to pay for Reed, irony of ironies). But, hey, haven't. I got 1 Gavin Newsome (sf mayor) political call on my cell phone, no less.

    Those no-call lists have a few weeks to kick in, don't they?

  • At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I keep getting a phone call from 800-616-8075 everyday. When I answer the hang up on me. Can't call them back, Just get busy signal. This is the only site I've can find this # on. Do you know what company it is coming from?

  • At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ok, i've been getting these phone calls, too. i've called back one of them and it happened to be the BANK OF AMERICA. when i called them back they got bitchy and said that they needed to verify my phone number and address and it would take 31 days to get out of their system. whatever. these are the bad numbers i get: 866.214.9424, 800.204.1128, POTS phone AZ 480.350.3438, 800.881.6980, 800.616.8075. can someone please help me out on this one? i'm sick of them calling EVERY DAY, all day.

  • At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just got a call from them, it's a consolidation service, they wanted me to consolidate my student loans, as of July 1, rates will be going up like 7%....

  • At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Here's the skinny on the 480-350-3438 phone number.

    They are HERO - A Student Loan Originator, based in San Diego, CA. If you goto their website, you'll notice the domain is Performing a WHOIS provided this info found at


    Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
    Education Lending Group, Inc.
    12760 High Bluff Drive
    Suite 210
    San Diego, CA 92130
    (858) 793-4151 fax: (858) 793-1184

    ...and the WHOIS for HERO...
    Education Lending Group, Inc.
    12760 High Bluff Drive
    Suite 210
    San Diego, CA 92130
    (858) 793-4151 fax: (858) 793-1184

    >>> Funny they have the SAME company name, but different phone numbers and addresses<<<<

    The website for HERO is

    The WHOIS info for the website found on the privacy policy link ( on the HERO site is...
    Administrative Contact

    Name: Sieu Ngo
    Address: 1401 South 52nd Street #115
    tempe, az 85281
    Email Address:
    Phone Number: (480)350-3492

    I found they are also listed as Student Loan Xpress ( here's what I found on their website...
    Student Loan Xpress, Inc. is based in San Diego, California, with offices in Ohio.

    Corporate Office

    Student Loan Xpress, Inc.
    12680 High Bluff Dr. Suite 400
    San Diego, CA 92130

    Phone: (866) 759-7737
    Fax: (858) 617-6079
    Education Finance Specialists

    Stafford Loans

    Phone: (888) 274-0352
    Fax: (866) 289-7737
    PLUS Loans

    Phone: (888) 274-0352
    Fax: (866) 289-7737
    Student Loan Consolidation

    Phone: (888) 274-0373
    Fax: (866) 289-7737
    Xpress Loans

    Phone: (888) 274-0387
    Second Look Program

    Phone: (888) 274-0399
    Fax: (866) 311-8125

    Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM (EST)
    Saturday - Sunday, 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM (EST)
    Customer Service

    For questions regarding your application or other general inquiries

    Phone: (888) 272-2701
    Fax: (866) 289-7737
    Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM (EST)
    Saturday - Sunday, 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM (EST)
    Media Relations

    For general media relations inquiries

    Jenn Stark
    Vice President Media & Communications

    Phone: (513) 768-7216
    Business Development

    For business opportunities

    Gary Rohmann
    Executive Vice President Business Development

    Phone: (888) 290-7986
    Website Feedback

    For questions or comments about our site, or to report a technical problem:

    I just looked up the addresses on Google Earth for both HERO and Student Loan Xpress and they are 2 buildings apart.

    Need help finding something on the web or researching a company, email me the details and your contact info: then we can discuss my research fees.

  • At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    GOD or GXD or the universe bless you, SQUARE CIRCUIT Poster! I've been plagued by H.E.R.O. 480-350-3438 forever it seems. Finally tried to Go Ask serch it ... then trusty dogpile searched it and found this site and info!

    Creepy H.E.R.O. No messages. Just hang-ups. But as I have student loans in a limbo type forebearance deal, it makes sense. Doesn't make H.E.R.O any less creepy with their massive call and recall and hang-up and call right back calls.

    Relief. I finally know.


    Anonymous Robin

  • At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I worked for MSA SOlutions which once owed H.E.R.O . We had a branch office in CA which closed in 2007 because of poor buisness practices. The Location in Tempe,AZ had the main phone line for 480-354-3438 and official closed its location in November 2007 and moved to some place in Phoenix,AZ. Going from 1000+ employees to 20 in 1 month. It is for student loan consolidations and is a waste of time. The company lost all of its investors. As for the Seu Ngo he is a partial business with the company and has left them as well. HERO has no relation to xpress loans or the other student loan in Ohio or the other CA buisness listed.


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